Evolution Theory of the Hunter


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In a world of dungeons and monsters you can become strong if you merely have enough money.

Rare skillbooks that can magically upgrade your skills in an instant are sold at exorbitant prices. So only the privileged and rich are able to buy their way to become hunters – a much revered occupation that allows one to enter dungeons and hunt monsters.

Our MC is a porter, a sort of caddie for hunters. He dreams of one day becoming a hunter when he comes into possession of a skillbook.

But the skill is a level 0. Something unheard of. No one wants it. People laugh at it. But he learns the skill – only to find that it may be the most amazing one yet.

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SinCity rated it
May 5, 2016
Status: --
A good story with a realistic MC, the plot is interesting. Although it’s still too early to properly review it, but I like the novel.
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DriftingCloud rated it
December 28, 2016
Status: c101
A very interesting concept mixing many genres together. The MC is basically a good guy that unfortunately lives in a time of chaos and death where his only way to succeed is to risk his life everyday to make a living. By carrying the spoils of the rich as they treat him as a pack animal, he learns the value of money and what power can make people do. The intro is relevant to the beginning story but changes into something more interesting as the story progresses. This is where... more>> elements of upgrading, game mechanics, and world exploration as well as human conflict come into play. There are some flaws such as below quality depth to some characters (specifically the male support members) and lack or goal for the MC. Why is he still fighting if he has more than enough money to live comfortably and enough strength for the rest of his life? As well as some missed opportunities for plot development (what ever happened to that rich kid with the Athena bow, no resolution with

the hunter that tried to rape the porter

and no explanation as to why the other members of the team follow the MC (I get that they should recognize they get stronger with him around but literally no one but the Magician said anything related to this and even then the MC has no clue what he was talking about.

That being said this is an interesting story that quickly veered off the standard path I thought it was going to take. MC is slightly OP (has a whole new system due to using level 0 skill) but more importantly uses his skills wisely and is actively proactive in keeping himself and his team alive (a rare quality in MC's these days). <<less
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Attolis rated it
May 22, 2016
Status: c46
This is one of my favorite novels at the moment! It's definitely worth a read! The setting isn't really new, it's a "gamelike real life" type of setting but it's quite well executed. The MC is rather smart instead of a hot-headed idiot (though he seems to be kind of dense, so that's a small minus). If this doesn't turn out to be a harem it might be one of the best novels I've read in the genre. The translators have also done a good job with it so there's... more>> nothing to complain about there. <<less
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babywolf rated it
May 22, 2016
Status: c44
Story is quite good, not too fast not too slow neither, the MC uses his brain and quite patient person, he is a commoner who due to a skill he got got the chance to try being a hunter with a lot of potential, he is one of those OP MC that needs to train hard to get strong, well its a good story.
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Gantz rated it
May 21, 2016
Status: c45
The protagonist is weak and poor, but dreams big. He happens to have some twist and turns and despite being a bit greedy for quick cash, his plan is foiled thankfully. The outcome is the unfolding story of a college grads rise to power, but he like many other heroes is oblivious to the advances of the opposite s*x. Sigh.

Overall the story flows well and you can't help but want more as the story progresses. If you like dungeon battles with an underdog's rise to OPness then give this a... more>> try. <<less
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Hayate rated it
May 20, 2016
Status: --
Starts a bit slow, but as soon as he learn that skill every chapter is an enjoyable read.
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Imray rated it
May 5, 2016
Status: --
I like it. At first I was unimpressed considering the number of dungeon based novels but I like this one alot, it starts flow but at this point (28) I cant wait for the next release. A poor MC in a world where the rich and strong oppress the weak through a chance encounter recieves a seemingly useless skillbook, but as you will soon discover the pitiful rank 0 is more than it seems
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zenla rated it
May 4, 2016
Status: --
So I read chinese take on monster invasion in modern world. There was some japanese view on it too.

Now I read Korean take on this topic. Let s see...

Monsters and dungeons showed up and started killing. You are wrong if you think this story is classical survival genre though. Because story is set decades after inital catastrophe.

Dungeons became a source for income but... only for the rich. Since only the rich can afford proper equipment for dungeoning. But of course the world does not have only heroes. There are... more>> also so called porters whose job is to pick up loot and praise rich idiots. Our MC is such underpaid and underappreciated minion for rich sons. But then again... who wants to remain mere minion forever. The story from zero to top hunter begins when huge monster appear before him outside dungeon. let s earn money! <<less
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firespier rated it
May 4, 2016
Status: --
Quite an interesting story.

The MC isnt quite a faceroller type but uses his head, also hels that to a certain extent he reminds me of Weed from LMS
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August 7, 2018
Status: c102
Eh, this story is decent enough for what it is; a power wank. Just turn off your mind and don't think too hard about it, and it'll bring you enjoyment.
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ReadsWebNovels rated it
September 15, 2017
Status: c82
This is a 4 up until ch 78, at which point the translator changes and the translation quality takes a nosedive. It goes from passable english quality to the quality of a chinese student's first attempt at translation. It's honestly difficulty for me to read, though I'll give it a bit longer to see if the translation quality improves.

If you're looking for a time sink, this one's above average until the translator changes. It's pretty typical for the genre, and avoids relying overly on game elements (The MC's the only... more>> one who gets a display and everyone else's abilities are mostly equipment reliant.) <<less
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icarusburnt rated it
October 11, 2016
Status: v1c102
Really good story, a bit different from other novels that depend on RPG tropes, instead of levels the hunters depend on their equipment level to fight it out.


the MC however does have cheats that make him have level up type powers

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KageMugen rated it
June 15, 2016
Status: c67
I give it 5 stars, because I feel it deserves more than 4.4 stars rating at which it is now.

The most criticism the MC receives in the reviews is that ... more>>

he doesn't get involved with any of the supporting female characters and he plays stupid when confronted with their innuendos

which I think is just a harem loving mentality of readers which makes them giving it a lower score. Work in itself is quite interesting and the idea is quite well incorporated. The story pace is reasonably fast. There could be more backstory besides the MC, but it's not necessary and would probably even get more complaints from the give me fights crowds. All in all, it is an enjoyable read. <<less
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primuscovenant rated it
May 19, 2016
Status: v1c24
The first 10 chapters is like background info and building the plot (it was kinda boring), but it gets more interesting after that. Well, it is similar to LMS and apocalypse type novels like GDW.
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didilung rated it
May 11, 2016
Status: --
@chapter 36. The story is RPG like but in real world with dungeon thing. MC is leveling up quite fast, so no boring part. Overall the story and the world related to it connected just fine. Translation work is good too.
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Ari rated it
May 7, 2016
Status: --
As of Chapter 30

I read a lot, western, eastern, all genres – reading too many books and an active imagination means I am usually not surprised/satisfied by what is happening in a story as its the same usual trope some writers don’t even make effort but this writer seems to be different, I love the twist and the planning he did with scenarios and resulting rewards
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Arch-Cody rated it
January 12, 2019
Status: ch,114
This is a good story and decantly well described in review not one best but ok for passing time.

But do not like how all people except maybe sooah are greedy very it's really very annoying just wish MC would turn around to them and tell them F off or something, but no just keeps on paying up it's frustrating and kinda caradly weak. (And the supposed to be his friends.)
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rhianirory rated it
May 30, 2018
Status: c100
This isn't the worst light novel I've read but it's not that good, either. The world building is lacking and vague and no one but the MC seems to be real or to matter in the end.

I can see what the author was trying to do here with the unique skills and all but the story execution was pretty shaky. It's difficult and very expensive to get a skill and at first it said you could only have 1, but then later the author changed their mind and said they... more>> could have more, but most people could only afford to buy 1 (why most can't get them for free by hunting isn't explained, except to say the drop rate is low). The MC finds at least 1 skill book every time he kills an irregular and they're unique lv 0 skills. Oh, and the world conforms to the MC's levels and his individualized leveling system, which is pretty ridiculous. the MC himself is ok, kind of bland. I think the author was trying for experienced but he just comes across as tired of it all and a little cranky with it. his party is mostly there to fill slots and the harem is 2D; sporty girl, glasses girl with big boobs, etc. The only guy who seems to have much personality at all is the mage. The girls personalities are dictated completely by their 2D cliches; glasses girl is clumsy, sporty girl is strong, and so on. If you've seen/ read any Japanese manga/anime/light novel with a harem you pretty much know already know who they'll be by the physical description given. They don't have much personality outside those known cliches.

I might try and pick this back up if it's ever completely translated but at the moment this is going in my dropped pile. <<less
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Dusk rated it
September 16, 2016
Status: c98
An awesome read especially if you are reading it in piles of chapters. A nice post-apocalypse story that begins with a porter (or should we say, supporter to the Hunters) that serves rich kids in the dungeon, one day he founded a level 0 skill book that has never appeared before, it took him only that book as his life is turned upside down.

This novel is not perfect, there are things that could be improved but so far it is well-rounded, the positives covered up the negatives very well.... more>> One of the negatives is that, the story is too focused on the MC, everything seems to revolve around him.

We have already known that he is special, but he himself doesn't seemed to think of him that highly, or even curious as to why everything revolves around him. The character interactions are nice and cute, there is a lack of vivid image of the characters when I was reading this somehow, I don't know why.

Oh, and it has a slow start too, so be patient.

Anyways, this is definitely one of the must-read novels, sadly the translator seems to have gone MIA.. 8.6/10 <<less
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AnimeFan9001 rated it
May 4, 2016
Status: --
Review as of Chapter 28 (Would be chapter 29, but the site is having issues atm :P)

The premise of the story is that one day, dungeons appeared in the world, and these dungeons had monsters in them, that dropped various types of equipment and skills. Normally, everything is ranked starting from level 1. Due to the appearance of dungeons, many people attained skills, and became hunters. After a while, the government took over the dungeons and began to charge a fee for entry, and it was mostly only those... more>> people who had skills or equipment that could kill the monsters. The problem is, that skills and equipment are expensive, causing a greater disparity between the upper and lower classes. Many people became porters (people who essentially lug around equipment), in order to make some money from dungeons and attempt to save up and become hunters. Very few however, manage to become hunters. Our MC is a typical porter, being looked down upon by the rich, and wanting to become a hunter himself. Eventually, he obtains a level 0 skill book, which is a seemingly useless skill, but turns out to be more than meets the eye. From then on, he become a hunter. The writing is good, as it has good tension, and is full of surprises. I also look forward to seeing how he’ll eventually create a team, and become a great hunter. <<less
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